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CICAD: Reducción de la Demanda, EU-LAC

European Network of Drug Treatment Courts

 

European Network of Drug Treatment Courts

Drug treatment courts have the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-using offenders through a system involving comprehensive supervision, mandatory drug testing, treatment services (and other therapeutic interventions) and immediate sanctions and incentives. They provide the focus and leadership for community-wide, anti-drug systems, bringing together criminal justice, treatment, education and other community-based partners in the reduction of substance dependency and abuse and criminality. This multidisciplinary approach is essential and a condition sine qua non to deal with the drug using offender.

The ultimate aim of which is to significantly reduce the social harm and health damage caused by the use of, and trade in, illicit drugs. The general objectives are to prevent and reduce drug use, dependence, drug related harms and drug related criminality.

After studying the drug treatment courts in the United States and Canada the city of Ghent started a pilot project in may 2008.  As a consequence of that and under the umbrella of the EU-LAC initiative  ‘EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships to Improve Drug Treatment’, and initiative coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), different experiences were shared between European, Latin American and Caribbean countries and cities in the field of treatment alternatives to incarceration under judicial supervision for drug-dependent offenders. Other important networks like the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts (IADTC) were also part of these exchanges.

Under the umbrella of the EU LAC drug treatment City Partnerships an exchange visit was held in the City of Ghent on June 25-27, 2009 with subject: 'Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration under Judicial Supervision for Drug-dependent Offenders. The Belgian Experience.'

During the exchange visit different judges and prosecutors, and professionals of the health sector had the opportunity to establish contacts with other European countries (and cities) who are taking a lead in the development of drug treatment courts or who are interested in doing so and all of the participating professionals of the EU member-states signed a letter of intent for the creation of the European Network of Drug Treatment Courts. They agreed upon the concept and the (draft) Constitution of the Network.

 

 

The initial network was supported by participants at the EU-LAC Ghent Forum from Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

EU-LAC Drug Treatment City Partnerships is an initiative funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of the American States (OAS). The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the EU or the OAS.

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